Who’s Next: Politics; 18 rising leaders shaping Pittsburgh’s tomorrow

By MJ Slaby

With the 2017 municipal election barely in the rearview mirror and the 2018 primary just six months away, politics never stops.

Today, meet Who’s Next: Politics, The Incline’s second class of up-and-coming political leaders. Members include a mayor-elect, 2018 candidates, party leaders and those working behind the scenes answering phones and researching policy.

Who’s Next is sponsored by S&T Bank and celebrates rising under-40 leaders in different fields. The Incline’s editorial staff vetted dozens of nominees to select this class. And you’re invited to celebrate with them at a happy hour in their honor. Get your tickets now.


Lindsey Williams (Emerge PA Alumna and Board Member)

Pa. Sen. Candidate for District 38; Communications and Political Director, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
34 years old

A Democratic candidate for Pa. Senate in District 38, Lindsey M. Williams is also the communications and political director for the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. As a candidate for state senate, Williams told The Incline that she is “running to fight for working families, support small businesses and invest in public education” and stressed her commitment to fighting for workers. At PFT, Williams works on both internal and external communications, leads PFT political action committee meetings, created a fundraising plan and leads the candidate endorsement process. She previously worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Emerge Pa. program, a training program that helps Democratic women run for office. Williams is a member of the Young Democrats of Allegheny County and a state committee member for the Pa. Democratic party. In 2016, she won Allegheny County Young Democrat of the Year. Williams, a graduate of Dickinson College and Duquesne University School of Law, lives in West View.


Megan Winters (Emerge PA Board Member)

Data, Western Region and Grassroots Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Megan Winters is the data, western region and grassroots director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In her role, she is responsible for planning rallies and press conferences, as well as working with local grassroots organizations and organized labor groups across the state. Winters also oversees statewide mailings, facilitates online workshops and trainings and leads direct outreach to elected officials, political leaders, stakeholders and committee members in Western Pa. “Her strong work ethic and political savvy garnered strong relationships throughout the Allegheny and surrounding counties,” her nominator wrote. Before taking on this role in 2015, she was the executive director of the Allegheny County Democratic Party for a little more than a year and the president of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats from 2014 to 2017. Winters is a native of Punxsutawney, Pa., and a graduate of Duquesne University. She lives in Windgap.


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